Non-Resident Licences

What types of licences are available to non-residents?

Non-residents are required to hold a hunting licence to hunt in British Columbia. Below are the following licences available to non-residents. You can obtain your licence through your guide outfitter or a resident hunter who holds a permit to accompany you to hunt, online through BC Hunting Online or at a FrontCounter BC office. Please note that in-person services may be limited due to COVID-19.

Available to a person who:

  • is not a resident of British Columbia but who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, or whose primary residence is elsewhere in Canada and has resided in Canada for the preceding 12 months; and
  • has successfully completed hunter safety training

This type of licence allows you to hunt small game unaccompanied. You must be accompanied by a guide outfitter, assistant guide or a holder of a permit to accompany when hunting big game.

Available to a person who:

  • who is neither a B.C. resident nor a non-resident; and
  • has successfully completed hunter safety training

This type of licence allows you to hunt small game unaccompanied. You must be accompanied by a guide outfitter, assistant guide or a holder of a permit to accompany when hunting big game.

Available to a person who:

  • is not a resident of British Columbia but who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, or whose primary residence is elsewhere in Canada and has resided in Canada for the preceding 12 months

You must be accompanied by a guide outfitter, assistant guide or a holder of a permit to accompany when hunting both small and big game.

Available to a person who:

  • who is neither a B.C. resident nor a non-resident

You must be accompanied by a guide outfitter, assistant guide or a holder of a permit to accompany when hunting both small and big game.

 

Non-resident hunting licences & fees

All hunters 16 years of age and older are required to carry government picture ID, know or be able to produce their FWID number and carry all of their species licences purchased for the current licence year, ​including both cancelled and uncancelled species licences, while hunting.

Conditions of a hunting licence: If hunting deer in Region 4, please view your issued electronic hunting licences for licence conditions related to Chronic Wasting Disease. Directions for submission of white tailed deer or mule deer for testing can be found on the Chronic Wasting Disease Testing page.

Prices listed below don't include 5% GST. Prices listed show the licence fee and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) surcharge.

 
Licence Fee HCTFSurcharge
Restricted Non-Resident $53 $22
Unrestricted Non-Resident $53 $22
Restricted Non-Resident Alien $126 $54
Unrestricted Non-Resident Alien $126 $54
Non-resident applicant for a youth licence $6 $1
A person to hunt in the Gulf Islands special hunting area $2 $0
A person to hunt in the Fraser Valley special area $8 $2

Species licences bought online will be mailed to you and are subject to Canada Post delivery times. If you have not received your licences in the mail, you may qualify for a replacement free of charge if between 15 to 30 business days from the purchase date you report the loss to FrontCounter BC.   

Please Note:  You must carry all of your species licences for the current year, including both cancelled and uncancelled species licences, while hunting.

Non-Resident and Non-Resident Alien Species Licence

Fee

HCTF Surcharge

Bison

$490

$210

Black bear

$126

$54

Bobcat

$28

$12

Caribou

$161

$69

Cougar

$161

$69

Elk

$175

$75

Lynx

$28

$12

Moose

$175

$75

Mountain Goat

$245

$105

Mountain Sheep

$434

$186

Mule Deer

$88

$37

Haida Gwaii Deer

$18

$7

Upland Game Birds

$35

$15

White-tailed Deer

$88

$37

Wolf

$35

$15

Wolverine

$28

$12

The Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit is a federal government permit. It's available for purchase online, through Canada Post Offices and some independent vendors.

 

Lost, stolen or destroyed licences

You must replace your lost, stolen or destroyed species licence, both cancelled and uncancelled, if you plan to continue hunting during the current licence year.

To obtain a replacement, contact FrontCounter BC and provide the number of the species licence that was lost, stolen or destroyed. If you need to replace a cancelled licence, you will need to declare the date, region number and antler configuration (where applicable) registered on the original cancelled licence.

It is a $10 fee to replace a lost species licence.

Refunds

It is important to review the licences to ensure they are correct prior to completing your purchase. Licences are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Refund requests must be received in writing and the licences requested for a refund must be forwarded for review to the Wildlife and Habitat Branch, FishandWildlife@gov.bc.ca with the subject line "Refund Request"

Refunds will not be issued if you bought a licence and did not use it, or you bought the wrong licence.

For more information see Frequently Asked Questions. For instructions on how to apply for licences please refer to the Quick Reference Guides.